Zbigniew Brzezinski Drops Bombshell on Senate Foreign Relations Committee


(Gold9472: Zbig is the author of "The Grand Chessboard".)


Former National Security Advisor and current "counselor and trustee" at the Center For Strategic and International Studies Zbigniew Brzezinski often speaks more plainly than his colleagues about both the true purposes and preferred means of US foreign policy. Last week, he roundly criticized the Iraq war in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and issued this warning about the likelihood of a coming conflict with Iran:

If the United States continues to be bogged down in a protracted bloody involvement in Iraq, the final destination on this downhill track is likely to be a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large. A plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks; followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure; then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the U.S. blamed on Iran; culminating in a “defensive” U.S. military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. (emphasis added)


This is the author of "The Grand Chessboard" making these comments, a man with National Security connections that run several decades, and a man who himself knows a thing or two about provocations [he has claimed, for instance, that he authored the 'Afghan Trap' that helped lead to the demise of the Soviet Union]. It is as close to an admission that "national security" and intelligence agencies conduct false flag attacks as we are likely to see.

The Q&A session produced more bombshell material. Here's an excerpt from the World Socialist Web Site:

Following his opening remarks, in response to questions from the senators, Brzezinski reiterated his warning of a provocation.

He called the senators’ attention to a March 27, 2006 report in the New York Times on “a private meeting between the president and Prime Minister Blair, two months before the war, based on a memorandum prepared by the British official present at this meeting.” In the article, Brzezinski said, “the president is cited as saying he is concerned that there may not be weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq, and that there must be some consideration given to finding a different basis for undertaking the action.”

He continued: “I’ll just read you what this memo allegedly says, according to the New York Times: ‘The memo states that the president and the prime minister acknowledged that no unconventional weapons had been found inside Iraq. Faced with the possibility of not finding any before the planned invasion, Mr. Bush talked about several ways to provoke a confrontation.’

“He described the several ways in which this could be done. I won’t go into that... the ways were quite sensational,at least one of them.

“If one is of the view that one is dealing with an implacable enemy that has to be removed, that course of action may under certain circumstances be appealing. I’m afraid that if this situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate, and if Iran is perceived as in some fashion involved or responsible, or a potential beneficiary, that temptation could arise.”


Brzezinski was asked afterwards whether he meant by this statement what he seemed to mean. Here's the exchange:

Q: Dr. Brzezinski, who do you think would be carrying out this possible provocation?

A: I have no idea. As I said, these things can never be predicted. It can be spontaneous.

Q: Are you suggesting there is a possibility it could originate within the US government itself?

A: I’m saying the whole situation can get out of hand and all sorts of calculations can produce a circumstance that would be very difficult to trace
. (emphasis added)